In Shorts

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Shorts are one of those articles of clothing that can make you look 16 again. I don’t know if you do, but sometimes I want to turn back time. And I guess I am in these neon frayed blue shortsI got from Moddeals for only $10. I am yet to wear them out in public though. So far it’s been home and garden only.

Another thing I want to mention – bicycle shorts. Apparently a lot of girls wear them under dresses and even shorts here in Minnesota, and more than half the time they aren’t even riding a bike. I understand the idea behind it, but don’t you sweat even more? Do you wear shorts under your dresses? I know I can’t, otherwise I am going to start treating my dress like a top. And when I bike? I’d rather bring a change of clothes. Yes, I started biking to work this week.

Outfit details: Shorts Moddeals.com – $10, Shoes Moddeals.com – $10, Top American Rag Macy’s, White Crossbody – vintage, Sam’s old watch.

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Here are some more great shorts, and ideas on how to wear them:

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Do you wear shorts? How do you style them? How many pairs of shorts do you have?

Uncommon Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day coming up in about two weeks, I decided to create a gift guide with products from one of my favorite online stores – Uncommon Goods. They have put together amazing collections for Mother’s Day, as well, as a Personalized jewelry collection. They are always full of ideas, and inspirations. I hope you’ll be able to find something special for that special someone in your life!

For the Jewelry-Loving Mom

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1. For the statement-loving mom 2. For the flower-loving mom 3. For the accessories-loving mom

For the Green-Thumb Mom

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1. Grow what you know 2. Veggie and Spice 3.Give back to the earth

For the Home-decor loving mom

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1. Never leave a ring mark again 2. There can never be enough State art 3. Find time for peace and quiet
4. Never loose the keys again 

For the In-the-Kitchen Mom

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1. Reminder to be active 2. Measure twice 3. Two in one 4. Wine will tell  5. Hot Dog 6. Mix in stone

For the Flavor-seeking mom

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For the entertaining mom

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Happy Saturday and I hope you enjoyed my picks today!

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N is for Necklace {A-Z Challenge}

spring-summer-necklaces statement-necklaces There is nothing like a necklace to make an outfit stand out. And if you ask me, that’s my favorite piece of jewelry! I have so many different ones in my collection! But after creating these necklace boards, I got really inspired to go back to DIYs and make my own. How is this one for inspiration? DIY-necklace-inspiration I can’t wait to show you the final result. I am also starting fashion illustration, and if you want me to draw you or one of your favorite outfits from the blog, leave me a comment below! Happy Friday!

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E is for Earrings {A-Z Challenge}

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I’ll be honest with you, I rarely wear earrings. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 18 and in college. It had nothing to do with my parents, there was simply never an opportunity. And I didn’t really care. Then at a youth retreat, one of my friend’s mom pierced my ears. She had a gun and everything. After my first hole, I immediately wanted a second one, and my cartilage pierced as well. Glad it didn’t go that far. I mean cartilage. I do have 2 piercings in every ear though.

Due to the nature of my job (I work with kids), I don’t really wear earrings that often. But after creating these look books, I really want to make an effort and wear earrings more! Which ones are your favorites? I think the Kate Spade bows are simply adorable!

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 And don’t forget to check out the rest of my collection on Mavatar

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Spring Jewelry 2014 and A Majestical Giveaway


Jewelry will always be one of those wild favorite things for me. I like a nice statement necklace. But I like my gold too. And anything vintage – sign me up! I brought a couple of my Grandma’s pieces from Russia and I cherish them more than anything else in the world. And as some of you know my wedding bands are 1960′s vintage square rings. Do you have a special piece of jewelry that you treasure?

Spring is all about necklaces for me, and I will be honest, it’s almost always about necklaces for me. I found some amazing pieces to share with you today, that scream spring 2014 to me!

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And nothing better half way through the week than a jewelry giveaway! Today I am teaming up with Majestical to bring you a couple great prizes! We are giving away this beautiful pair of earrings, that would complete every boho look

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And a $20 giftcard to Majestical.com to use towards your purchase. That you can spend on some of these:

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Don’t have the patience to wait another week and want some jewelry today? Shop with the code 15DOLLARSOFF and get $15 off orders of $55 or more.

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Good luck and happy Wednesday!

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How Snugg is too Snug: My story of how NOT to work with brands

Disclosure: The products in this post were sent to me by the brand in exchange for my honest opinion. 

I have somewhat recently received TheSnugg products for review. If you’ve never heard of TheSnugg, they are an online retailer that carries cases for all imaginable devices. They even have cases for my Samsung Galaxy camera (which I absolutely love). Not thinking clearly when placing my order, I asked for a MacBook Pro case. I already have my incase that I love, and to be honest my laptop is 3.5 years old, it’s missing a key, etc. So sooner or later, I am going to replace it. When I got the email confirming my order, I quickly skimmed through it, only to see another email telling me that instead of a MacBook Pro I was sent a MacBook Air case, but that it was going to fit anyways. So of course the case arrives, and of course it doesn’t fit. What followed was the long chain of emails between me and the company rep, but I am not going to post it here, to avoid embarrassing the brand. I mean the case was great, the stitching, the leather work, but the attitude was so rotten!

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Images taken from TheSnugg.com

After a week of back and forth emails, and me offering to send the MacBook case back, because I absolutely had no use for it, they agreed to send me another product. I then went to my husband, and asked him if there was anything that he wanted. Sam quickly looked over their website and picked an orange case for his iPhone 5. He thought that orange would look really cool against the black of his phone.

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Images taken from TheSnugg.com

The case arrived a couple days later, and there was nothing wrong with it. Fit perfectly. The one thing that Sam pointed out right away is that it’s a decoration only case, it doesn’t protect the screen, so if you drop your phone on its screen, your screen is done. And that’s one thing that bothers me about all these cases available out there. Yes, often cases are just for decoration only, they make our gadgets look like fashionable accessories. But if you are like me (aka I dropped my phone everywhere, except for the toilet!) you need more than an accessory, you need a case! A REAL case!

Would I recommend TheSnugg? They do have a couple good cases, that seem durable and worth the buck, there have recently been added new color choices, but as far as everything else – you decide.

I didn’t write this post to be mean, I wrote it because I agreed to provide an honest review. But my review has definitely been affected by the brands attitude. It’s also a lesson to me, to stop agreeing to review products that will sabotage the reputation of my blog. So as my other goal for this blog for 2014, I am going to add

Stop posting pointless reviews!

to the list!

Z


Warby Parker School Bus and Sam’s First Pair of Sunnies

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Warby Parker is in town till Spetember 1! So Sam and I took full advantage of it! And yes, it happens to be that my husband has never owned a pair of sunglasses.

I also made sure to bring my Samsung Galaxy camera with me this time (I left it at home during the launch party and was really bummed out!) The camera was an absolute hit and everyone loved the fact that I could Instagram and Tweet from it! What can I say? I love my Samsung Galaxy camera!

Disclousure: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!

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We had a blast trying different pairs on:

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So after all this fun we finally decided to get Sam a pair of  Exley sunnies!

Can’t wait to get them in the mail! And thank you Warby Parker for such a generous gift! The bus is parked in Uptown Minneapolis on Lagoon and Girard! Go visit them before September 1 comes around!

Xx,

Z

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One Flew Over Flyover Press

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Today I want to introduce Flyover Press! It’s an online store of Midwest inspired apparel and design items! Nick’s (the creator of Flyover Press and blogger at Great Lakes Prep) love for all things Midwest is so clearly seen through every single item listed in the store!

“Located in southwest Michigan underneath planes venturing cross country, Flyover Press seeks to end the coastal bias that leaves the Midwest so often ignored. By crafting made in the USA apparel and posters inspired by the people, places and traditions of America’s Heartland, Flyover Press serves as a way for Midwesterners to display their pride to the rest of the country.

We’re committed to three things, high quality American-made products, excellent customer service and providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored. And having fun while we do it. Some of our best ideas are hatched over a couple beers with old friends. So make that four things.

We also love the Midwest and try to support it in as many ways as possible. That’s why we try to produce as many of our products in the Midwest as we can. Our shirts are printed in Indianapolis and while our posters are printed in Connecticut, they’re done by a couple who broke into the business in Chicago. As we add more products to the line we’ll continue trying to seek out Midwest sources. It might not be the least expensive way of doing things but it’s how we believe in doing business.

And that’s why we give back 3% of profits to Midwest-based non-profits. We want to support the area that raised us and we want to spread the love. That’s why we don’t have just one organization we support, but several. While we have a few organizations already selected, we’re always open to learning about the organizations you love”

How amazing is that? I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the store with you:

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Patriotic Midwest Tank (love the corn and the wheat logo!)

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I know they are just starting, so they need all the love and support, especially from us, the midwesterners, so spread the word!

Xx,

Z

 

 

 

Introducing Anna Tail Designs

Today I want to introduce you to my friend Anna of Anna Tail Designs! She makes beautiful beaded jewelry, embroidered jewelry pieces, which include custom made and designed items as well!
Anna is originally from St.Petersburg, Russia but now lives and works in San Francisco, CA!

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A Burberry inspired bow!

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And the best part is – she is offering 20% off on all the orders in her Etsy store right now! So go ahead and check her out!
And stay tuned for an outfit featuring a unique custom made piece on my blog!
Xx,
Zhenya

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review through the Eyes of a Fashion Blogger

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Disclaimer: I am participating in a Verizon Wireless blogger program, and received the device and 6 months of service for free, in exchange for my honest opinion. For more information, please click on the Verizon Voices Icon!

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After having this camera for 3 months, I am finally ready to do a review! Let me just get one thing off my chest! I am more than grateful to Verizon for providing me with a camera! When the campaign started all we knew was that we were getting devices, but what kind? It was a mystery! Haven’t had a camera in my arsenal for over 3 years now, I kept bugging my husband to get me one. And his answer always was – use your iPhone, your iPhone has a camera, etc. But it’s so so important to a blogger to have a camera, that is just a camera, or so I thought!

When I got the hands on the Galaxy, I really didn’t expect it to do everything that it does! Yes, they make cameras these days that can do way way more than take pictures. This camera does everything but make phone calls! All thanks to the Android operating system, and the Verizon 4G LTE sim card that is included!

The android operating system and the number of apps to choose from are a definite plus. The camera is a touch screen and is very easy to operate, even for me, a devout Apple user!

A pleasant surprise was when I connected my camera to Dropbox and received another 50 GB of upload space! Dropbox is the number one method of how I upload the pictures onto my Mac. I hate the whole cord tangling/untangling, finding the cord, putting it back into the designated place, etc. So this camera makes it that much easier!

Of course I immediately wanted to purchase a tripod, fortunately my in-laws had a travel version that works really well and helps me take photos and videos when my husband is not around!

I have been carrying this camera everywhere with me: work, out on the town, even on the boat while sailing! It’s very compact and fits not only in my purses and bags, but also into my jean jacket pocket! And that’s a plus!

The battery life is definitely worth it, and the camera goes into energy saving mode when not in use, and automatically shuts off after a while!

It also talks to you! And let me tell you, there is nothing creepier than “ONE NEW EMAIL” said in a shrill female voice! It did take me a while to get used to, and I don’t think I still am ;)

There is also quiet a number of smart settings, that allow you to take different pictures in different settings. One of my ultimate favorites is the action shot! It is that great!

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I know that at the end of the day this camera won’t be the same as DSLR, but it’s better than nothing, and if you are a social media junkie like me, you will love the instant ability to upload to any site, as long as there is an app for that! Right, Nokia Lumia?

Xx,

Zhenya